An image of The studio

Garry Shead

(Australia 1942 – )

The studio

Not on display
Further information

'The studio' is part of the 'Artist and the Muse' theme which grew out of the 'Dancer Sequence' paintings during the 1990's. It reflects, with tongue-in-cheek humour that has been part of Shead's vision form the outset of his career, his conciousness of artists of the past, and how so-called Erato, the muse of poetry, has infused her presence into their work. She is also at once the metaphor of love and erotic distraction, whom Shead has illustrated in several paintings depicting the artist in his studio with naked female figures.

The 'Artist' in each case may represent for him Goya, Rembrandt, or one of a host of other painter-heroes, if not himself. The painting, in other words, summarizes his concerns of the moment, as Grishin has written: 'I have been arguing that Shead felt himself to be one of the few who consciously sought out Erato, and that at certain periods in his life he felt that he both saw her and heard her and that he is a sense was a willing medium through which her inspiration could act' ["Garry Shead and the erotic muse", 2001, pg.164].

Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2001

oil on canvas
183.0 x 198.0 cm stretcher; 187.0 x 202.5 x 5.0 cm frame
Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. corner, brown oil "Garry Shead 01".

Purchased with funds provided by the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales 2001
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